Restorator is the Bome flagship product and has been used for resource editing since 1997. Continuous development based on user feedback made this application the leader in application customization software.
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Restorator is an award-winning utility for editing Windows resources in applications and their components; e.g. files with .exe, .dll, .res, .rc, and .dcr, extensions (see PE files and RES files in the manual).
Change, add, or remove resources such as text, images, icons, sounds, videos, version, dialogs and menus in almost all programs.
Restorator is the first choice for translation and localization by Fortune 500 companies and thousands of individuals.
And the really cool thing is: With Restorator you need NO technical knowledge of program’s internals to do it. The world SHOULD run like this. [full review on 3d2f.com]
With Restorator you can
- Translate existing applications (localization)
- Customize the look and feel of programs
- Replace logos and icons (branding)
- Enhance control over resource files in the software development process
- Hack into the inner workings of applications on your computer
- Detailed Feature List …
Look at the tutorials to see how easy your task has become.
Restorator modifies resources. Resources are application-dependant data that the respective programmer includes in his program. Inside the program file they are separated from the program itself and therefore may be changed. This is the technical condition to create custom applications.
In the file, resources are organized in a tree : The first level defines the resource type (Bitmap, Icon, etc.) and the second level defines the name of the resource (”MainIcon”, “SplashScreen”, etc.).
Windows provides some standard resource types whereas other resource types may be defined by the programmer and are displayed by Restorator in upper case (e.g. resource type “AVI” – see the search tutorial ).
The .res file has been standardized, allowing you to save all resources in one file. Restorator includes full support for creating/editing/opening/saving res files.
It is possible for one resource to be stored multiple times for different languages. If this is the case, Restorator adds a level in the tree with the language. (For example, on my system the file “WinNTSystem32comctl32.dll” (NT/2000/XP) or “WindowsSystemcomctl32.dll” (95/98/ME) has Strings and Dialogs in different languages).